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argued for granting russia pntr, which has until now been prevented by what is known as the jackson-vanik amendment, focus on the supposedly bilateral trade benefits. the issue that concerns me and many members is not trade but human rights. advocates of repeal say that the jackson-vanik amendment is outdated and is purely symbolic and therefore should be disregarded. but in the ira of human rights, madam speaker, symbols can have a very great importance. over the years jackson-vanik has become a sign of the continuing u.s. commitment to human rights in russia and elsewhere. repealing the amendment could very well be interpreted as an indication that our commitment is now weakening. this would be a terrible signal to send at a time when putin is in the process of imposing ever tighter restrictions on all opposition to his regime, especially democratic activists and any others who dare to defy the authorities. i also oppose granting russia aren't -- pntr at this time because it is but one more concession by the united states in pursuit of the president's failed reset of relations wit
moment tarle but we wanted to follow up about jesse jackson jr. retiring from congress. he has smit his letter of resignation to speaker john boehner. they confirmed that today and he write it is move will set off a scrammle to fill the seat in the chicago area. pat quinn will have five days from the effective date of the resignation to announce the time of the special election. jesse jackson jr. resigning his seat in congress. we'll keep you posted on that. and we said we would take you live to the united nations at 3:00 this afternoon. that has been pushed back likely in response to the news of the ceasefire in israel today. that has been pushed to 3:30 eastern. we will take you there once it gets under way. >> james on our 65 and over line. good afternoon, sir. caller: i'm 85-year-old and i was living good up until the last four years off of my retirement. but in the last four years the cost of living has gone up so much that i can't make it. i have to get out and get odd jobs to buy groceries. and this -- the first of this year i got a 1.7 increase in social security and cost of liv
. the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, thank you very much. just about 40 minutes or so ago we were in the midst of a debate concerning stem, something that most americans have come to now understand the acronym as it deals with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. as a longstanding member of the subcommittee on immigration and on homeland security, stem now is a basis for expanding visas to ensure -- to give opportunities to young people who are graduating from our research institutions of higher learning that have been born in other countries, give them the ability to be able to stay here to help create jobs and to build this economy. that's a good thing. but on november 6, 2012, i think america spoke and said we're ready to go further. i voted no on the rule because i believe we're ready for comprehensive imm
will be right back after this update from c-span radio. >> 8:37. here are some of the headlines. jesse jackson jr.'s resignation from congress might have ended his political career but is not at -- and the mark of troubles for jesse jackson. the nine term democratic congressman said his letter of resignation yesterday. confirms publicly for the first time that he is under a federal probe and is cooperating with investigators. the president of cyprus says his country is very close to signing an agreement with potential predators for a bailout to support its troubled banks and to pay its bills. this comes one day after officials wrapped up a third round of negotiations with officials from the european commission, the european subtle bank and the actor national monetary fund. meanwhile, european leaders are sticking out their positions as they gather today for what is expected to be a turbulent and lengthy summit to determine a seven-year budget for the 27 country european union. in a battle pitting several wealthy member states against those seeking a bigger aid budget, david cameron is leading
. mr. holt for today and november 16 and ms. jackson lee of texas for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are granted. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. thank you, mr. speaker, members of the house. i don't think the house is in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. if members will take their conversation office the floor. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i urge this house to come together and support a new comprehensive farm bill. farmers in my district are the most efficient producers in the world. however their productivity could be hindered if we don't act on a farm bill. after facing a tremendous drought this year, farmers saw a drop in yield. however there is so much uncertainty if we don't act soon, producers in my district and across the country could be facing unjust consequences when buying their seed and other inputters in 2013 crops. we need to bring the house bill to the floor for a vote sew so we can go to conference committee and work out our difference
" with representative jesse jackson jr. -- also on the congressional front, allen west, the tea party- backed african-american in florida who lost his reelection writes today in the "washington times" -- he said that his lawyers saw no way to the effect the outcome of that recounts in the district. so that's this morning. also, the front page of the washington times has a lengthy piece about the what is causing the recovery in the united states to sputter. so those are some other stories for you this morning. we will keep looking at the newspapers as we get your thoughts on our question for all of you, which is in the washington times and the new york times this morning, front- page stories about one-party rule. the washington times asked if is a cure for gridlock. looking at state legislatures. michael on the line. caller: thanks for taking my call. i voted democrat in the last election and i have grown to regret. i would like to say this to all the voters out there. whether you are democrats, republican, independent, it does not matter. what matters is the people that elected officials to represent
texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. mr. speaker, thank you for your courtesies, there is so much that we can acknowledge and respect as we come back to work on behalf of the american people. i would like my colleagues to allow me for a moment to the raise the issue of the recognition of introducing a legislative initiative to award the congressional gold medal to the little girl in pakistan who had the courage to stand up against the heinous of the taliban. on october 9, 2012, she was shot and nearly killed by taliban operatives because she advocated for educating girls in pakistan. and her shooting has sent shock waves to leaders around the world. taliban leaders remain unrepet ent. as she heals, they have continued to threaten her that she will be shot again. 61 million children worldwide are not enrolled in schools. pakistan is the second highest number of girls not attending schools in the world. as a co-founder of the congressional pakistan caucus, i urming my colleagues to sign on. united nations declared saturday, n
increase. gene has to say in jackson, michigan. caller: i think they should let it expire on the first of january. cutting entitlements, the national debt, $8 trillion of that is money spent from taken from social security. they are trying to do away with it without having to pay it back. they want to keep the $8 trillion. the tax code worked fine when clinton was president and it can work fine again. host: we're asking republicans what you think about republican flexibility on the anti-tax pledge. here are the numbers to call if you are a republican -- sara is our next caller in edgewater, maryland. caller: good morning. if the republican party continues to do what it does with no tax increases, a social attitudes that they have, they obviously don't recognize the country has changed. the party will self-employed. signs are showing of that. to make a pledge to an ever increasing taxes is insane, because times have changed. you have to have the flexibility to do what is best for the country. obviously, there are still lot of lawmakers out there to don't agree with that. my question to
jackson jr. as seed. he resigned as many of you know. years the "new york times." and on the economy, cyber monday and black friday, to results are in it. usa today money section, business at top retailers up 26.6%. the economists are saying, and retail sales amount of last year to a little over $60 billion. this year their projected to be about $79 billion. also, this side story on the economy and a shopping. this from the usa today. for the second consecutive year, prospective gun buyers joined black friday shoppers and record numbers. speaking of the money and costs, the new york post front page, the governor there in their york gov. cuomo says the price tag should be about 42 billion in economic damage. possibly worse than hurricane katrina. go ahead.n, we lost her. chris, on our line for what do you think? caller: there has been a lot of greed here in america. there has been away too much to double spending, preparing for obamacare to be pushed. also, i think there is too much spending is going in to government aid. it is too much. i cannot see why people would rather quit their
will be a great governor for the state. he deserves our support. host: jackson, missouri. patty is an independent calller. military, family's and it has distressed me for years that it seems to me the democratic party [unintelligible] i remember that happening during the clinton administration, as well as obama moving through the ranks over the years. when we were stationed in illinois, it was from chicago. i do not think he loves the military. i think he likes to stand around and say things, but would push comes to shove he does not seem to like the military. what is concerning is he talked a lot about people have the right to vote, and the vote should not be suppressed. yet it seems to me a lot of the democratic campaigns have suppressed the military, but have found a way for the military stationed overseas to not have the ability to vote. guest: first, let me say we are all americans. we are all proud of our country. we all support the military. i would never say president obama supports military ever is less than it romney does. that is true on down the line. there are differences in how we c
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